| Howard W. Koch|
Dorothy Chandler Pavilion
| Marty Pasetta|
11 April 1983
| Liza Minnelli, Dudley Moore, Richard Pryor, Walter Matthau|
Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Los Angeles, California, United States
Liza Minnelli, Dudley Moore, Richard Pryor, Walter Matthau
The 55th Academy Awards were presented April 11, 1983 at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Los Angeles. The ceremonies were presided over by Liza Minnelli, Dudley Moore, Richard Pryor, and Walter Matthau. The awards were dominated by the Best Picture winner Gandhi, which won eight awards out of its eleven nominations.
Louis Gossett, Jr. became the first African-American actor to win Best Supporting Actor for his performance as the tough and principled drill sergeant Emil Foley in An Officer and a Gentleman.
Meryl Streep won her first Best Actress award. She had been nominated the year before for The French Lieutenant's Woman and would be nominated another thirteen times in the next thirty years. Streep had previously won the Best Supporting Actress award in 1979 for Kramer vs Kramer.
This marked the first of 28 consecutive years where a Barbara Walters interview special aired before the ceremony. Walters had previously aired an interview special in 1981 and in subsequent years, her special aired prior to the Academy's formal broadcast of celebrities walking the red carpet.
55th Academy Awards Wikipedia
Winners are listed first, highlighted in boldface, and indicated with a double dagger ().Mickey Rooney
The following individuals, listed in order of appearance, presented awards or performed musical numbers.